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1 in 6 homes in the UK is at risk of being affected by flooding. You can never eliminate the risk of flooding, but you can reduce the risk of water getting into your home and reduce its impact if it does get in. Being prepared by making a flooding action plan is one way of minimising the risks.

Bad or adverse weather can be unpredictable and it is common to get caught out while on the road. The best way to stay safe on the road in extremely bad weather is to avoid driving at all. However, for many people we recognise that is not always possible.

Bonfires can be a fire risk, so we would always recommend looking for alternative ways to get rid of your waste. Some areas of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes are designated smoke free zones so check if a restriction is placed on your address.

If you do have a bonfire, please make sure you follow our advice:

Everyone should be able to enjoy fireworks safely, whether at an organised display or in their back garden.

An organised, public fireworks display is much safer and more impressive than setting up your own. Details of public fireworks displays can usually be found in the local newspapers and on the local radio station websites.

Whilst most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, in the wrong hands they can cause real misery. Remember that fireworks are explosives, and as such should be treated with respect and only used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the Firework Code.

Irresponsible use of fireworks can cause damage to property and do significant harm to people and animals. Not only is there a danger from fireworks exploding, they can also pose a serious fire risk as well.

Members of the public may only use fireworks on private property, such as their back garden. Only licensed professionals can use fireworks in public places.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service want people who choose to celebrate Halloween to enjoy it, but every year many adults and children are injured due to the fire risks posed by the candles and costumes used at this time of year. Be aware that Halloween and other fancy-dress costumes are regulated as toys not clothes, so they do not meet the same safety standards as children’s clothing.